Thursday, May 10, 2012

Going Commando: Underwear while you run?


Every so often, I find that I’m just a little bit different than everyone else.  (Who am I kidding?  Happens all the time.)  The most recent example was when I started talking about the latest Bethany Getting Married episode complained on twitter about how I didn’t have any clean running underwear.  What came next can only be described as a tidal wave of exclamation at my own bizarre behavior: “WHAT? YOU WEAR UNDERWEAR EVEN IN SHORTS THAT HAVE THE BUILT IN UNDERWEAR!?!?”  Why yes, yes I do.  Or, at least, I did.

I’ve said in the past that I’m a very simple guy. I don’t need a lot of “stuff”.  For that matter, once I find something that works well, I stick with it until forced to make a change (you know, like all guys).  As such, I started running in old shorts that I had laying around and never really stopped. Of course, regular gym shorts don’t have any support for my money maker (money makers?), so I bought a few pairs of boxer briefs and got to running.  I did this for years.  Hell, I do this right now with some of the same shorts from 5 years ago!

But the people on twitter had spoken and a few months back I decided that I was going to throw the boys caution to the wind and trust that the major clothing manufacturers had men on their design staff.  I ran without any underwear on.  To be clear, I was VERY apprehensive. I put on enough Body Glide to lube up a baby in a sandpaper factory and I might have considered going to a sperm bank should any irreparable damage have been done.  But, after that first run you know what? It wasn’t too bad!  It turns out that the extra  underwear layer was actually trapping in quite a bit of heat and moisture.  As such, running commando made me feel cool, light, and fancy free. Everything had enough support and nothing rubbed together that shouldn’t. It was like I was doing something naughty – and everyone was in for a show.  Wiggle wiggle wiggle!!

A buddy Chad made fun of me by saying that running with underwear on is like running w/ jean shorts.  Sure you can do it, but it sure doesn’t make you look smart. He’s sometimes like a Buddha. (Complete with shaved head.)  I suppose that I’m probably due for a bit of an evaluation on my running gear. But, then again, seems to be working so far.  Maybe I’ll have to try running in jean shorts to mix things up?

Do you do anything that you know is different that the runner norm?  I also wear cotton socks most of the time (But love my Zensah minimalist running socks) and I don’t put on deodorant before I run.

23 comments:

Trent (Scott) Lorcher said...

You wear shorts when you run? Wow!

Chad Chisholm said...

I am rather Buddha-like. I've been known to run nude through the desert on summer nights. I recommend it.

Mark Matthews said...

I never stretch (and when I do it's usually something very exotic).

Okay, that's a vague Stripes reference, speaking of Commando, but really, I don't stretch, and I always bookmark the infrequent articles who cite stretching as not making a difference.

Jeff Irvin said...

I dig wearing compression shorts under my running shorts. In my mind it keeps the junk from moving around and as I triathlete I am pretty sure there is a rule that states we must be wearing some sort of compression gear at all times. At least I assume this is a rule based on what I see triathletes wearing all the time.

The Banter said...

I love that, when you hover over the speedo-boys' pic, the title of the shot is "you gotta wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle yeah".

Gracie said...

I wear cotton all the time to run - and always for bras and socks. No big deal to me. Funny thing is. two guys in my group run were having the underwear debate last week and they concluded that it was only ok in winter. so there you have it.

Christina said...

wiggle wiggle...dying of laughter

pensive pumpkin said...

Honestly, I only wear underwear to get Chevalier's attention. And not when I'm running.

But the bra? That's absolutely nonnegotiable. I want to preach to women I see out running with no visible means of support. Lord.

Welcome to the Commando Crowd!

Meghan said...

People are stunned when I go training bra-less - wiggle wiggle wiggle - yeah! lol

Jorts aren't acceptable was running attire either? Damn.

Sabrina @ Fit.Laugh.Love said...

I don't usually wear underwear if it's something fitted by my loose soffee shorts that DEFINITELY require underwear. I'm sure the guys around my bench would love the free show but they'll just have to see my turtle undies instead.

Kelly @ Running Kellometers said...

I did this once for a run and it just felt strange and wrong. Even if there are built-in underwear, I have to wear them. It is all about being comfortable on race day, right? I am def more comfortable IN my wears!

Meredith said...

This has been a debate I've been having with myself for the last couple of weeks and have even written about it on my blog too.

Jeff said...

I'm genuinely shocked by people who find underwear in combination with a liner to be comfortable for longer runs (or anything, for that matter).

Fair Weather Runner said...

wait wait wait. please clarify on that last tidbit. you don't put deder on before a run? do you have a residual layer of deder from previous days? i'm very concerned about this fact.

i'm sans under-roos in any workout gear. i'm a simple girl. more layers = more work. and sweat. gross.

Runners Fuel said...

I too, use to wear underwear with the shorts with built in underwear. I didn't want to at first, I thought it was odd. But, it's so much better and cooler! I still wear underwear while wearing my nike pants and thing that don't have built ins.

kilax said...

No underwear for me! I was just talking to someone about this and they were shocked! Do people really put deodorant on before they run? Wow. It just balls up in your arms!

I am not sure what I do that is different than the runner norm. Hmm.

Shannon @I Survived and Now I Run said...

you have me in hysterics with the "wiggle wiggle" and the pic of the boys...too funny...I always were deoderant before a run as well as makeup, yes I know it's weird but that is just how I roll...I go sans unders sometimes and trying to do that more often...it just feels naughty to me..lol

Whitney said...

I recently discovered that a lot of people don't pay strict attention to the little R and L indicators on their earbuds. But I always do. I guess that makes me weird. Or maybe just a nerd.

Al's CL Reviews said...

I always wear underwear. You never know when you might be arrested (of course, by mistake), and the last thing you need in jail is to go commando.

Katie said...

I can't think of a comment for this post that I won't be sent to jail for making in a public forum.

Redhead Running said...

LMFAO!!! Ok first off, I totally used to wear undies with my shorts that had built in undies but then all my running friends shamed me in to giving that us. Best decision ever. Glad you finally got with it too and ditched the drawers.

Jason said...

Man law: you only run commando in "runners shorts" meaning they have the built-in liner.

As you were.

Lisa@RunWiki said...

SO funny! I am just laughing, that's all. Love it!